The opening 4 draws of the Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship in Selkirk did not provide much in the way of headlines. All 5 top seeds, and the remainder of the favorites advanced to the second round of the A Event unscathed.
Defending Champ Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 4 ends on Shaun Parsons of Burntwood and cruised to a 12-1 win in just 6 ends. #2 Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge broke open a tight game with 3 in the 9th end to defeat Justin Reynolds of Winnipeg Beach 8-4. 3rd seed William Lyburn of The Granite was an 8-5 winner over Troy Hamilton of Fort Rouge, #4 Daley Peters of East St. Paul opened with a 6-4 win over Steve Pauls of Clearwater, 5th ranked Alex Forrest of East St. Paul advanced with a 5-2 victory over Minnedosa’s Butch Mouck, and Matt Dunstone of The Granite picked up right where he left off at the Canadian Juniors earlier this month by rolling over Lorne Hamblin of Morris 8-4.
The first 4 rinks to be “two and through” in losing B side elimination games last night included Hamblin who lost 8-3 to Taylor McIntyre of The Granite, Murray Woodward of St. Adolphe who dropped a 9-5 decision to Reynolds, Dauphin’s Greg Todoruk who came up short 7-6 to Rylan Young of Springfield, and Hamilton who was beaten 9-5 by Kelly Marnoch of Carberry.
Play resumes at 8:30 a.m. Thursday Morning at the Selkirk Recreation Complex with 3 matchups on the A Side and 2 more elimination games in the B Event. The A side games have Lyburn meeting Arborg’s Kyle Foster, Peters playing Trevor Loreth of The Granite, and Forrest tangling with Brandon’s Steve Irwin. Carruthers, McEwen, and Dunstone are all on the 12:15 p.m. draw.
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